The existing smoking ban in North Ridgeville, Ohio will be expanding, as the city has announced that as of Jan. 1, 2017, it will apply to all property or grounds owned, rented or leased by the city, including in or on private vehicles while parked on city property.

According to an announcement made via the city’s website, all uses of tobacco will be prohwibited, whether it be smoked, chewed or otherwise consumed. While fines for violators were not included in the announcement, a Q&A on the city’s website says that “Employees and visitors will be informed of the tobacco-free workplace environment policy through signs posted in City facilities/places/parks and City vehicles. Any violation of this policy by City of North Ridgeville employees will be handled through the standard disciplinary process.”

The city passed a smoking ban for its parks in April 2015 that went into effect last July.

North Ridgeville is home to just over 31,000 residents and is located 25 miles southwest of Cleveland.

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I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.